NJ Preps For Its First Bear Hunt Since 2005

TRENTON, NJ (AP / WCBS 880) – New Jersey is preparing for its first black bear hunt in five years as animal rights groups on Thursday ask the courts to block it.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports

Doris Lin, a lawyer for the Animal Protection League of New Jersey and the Bear Education and Resource Group, hopes to block the six-day hunt sanctioned by the state in seven northwestern counties to thin the black bear population.

In 2007, Lin argued successfully that the state’s black bear management policy, which called for a hunt, wasn’t properly developed. No hunt was held.

In the new lawsuit, she claims little has changed.

“The Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy is full of scientific flaws and outright fabrications,” Lin said Tuesday. “In their zeal to hold a recreational trophy hunt, the council has slapped together a scientifically sloppy, self-contradictory document that pretends the hunt is necessary when in fact, the science does not support a hunt.”

Environmental Commissioner Bob Martin signed off on this year’s hunt, saying it’s needed to help control a growing black bear population. The agency estimates the state’s black bear population at 3,400, up from 500 bears in 1992.

“The bear hunt is not a standalone event,” said DEP communication director Angelene Taccini. “It is part of a comprehensive bear management policy.”

The state’s response to the suit is due Thursday.

New Jersey had bear hunts in 2003 and 2005, the first since the early 1970s.

APL and the group Showing Animals Respect and Kindness planned to file a joint complaint with state election officials Wednesday alleging that the political arm of the pro-hunting group New Jersey Outdoor Alliance violated state election law by failing to report sponsoring a Christie rally 11 days before last year’s election. The complaint alleges that the group’s political action committee spent five times the legal limit for contributions, and that neither the group nor Christie’s campaign reported the donation.

The complaint alleges that after Christie won, he appointed the PAC’s president to his environmental transition team.

“Soon thereafter, a black bear hunting season was approved,” group spokesman Stuart Chaifetz said.

The governor’s office and Outdoor Alliance did not return after-hours messages for comment.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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  • mark

    please just let tthe hunt go on. too many bears, you city folk should releate… now you all have too many rats… I’d also like to propsoe a hunt on peta people…

    • meleia

      I’d like to propose a similar hunt on people like you!

  • Mike Kulpa

    Another article written for the anti hunters benefit. Why their constant harassment of legal hunting activities isn’t prosecuted as hunter harassment is what I want to see you report on.

    • roz

      I would consider your remarks anti animal rights harassment……

  • Roy

    Why can’t they tranquilise,and move the poor animals,instead of killing them ?

    • joe

      yeah, move them to Roy’s backyard. those poor animals.

      • kat

        yeah, move them up your butt! maybe it might improve the circulation in your brain!

    • Nick

      Where are they going to be moved to? Your house? Hey, let’s do that. You’ll save them.

    • Nick

      Hey Roy. You can actually DO something for a change instead of talking stupid all the time. You can go and stand between the bears and the hunters. As long as you block the bullets, they can’t shoot. Go Roy. Go save those poor little animals. All you need to do is stand in front of the bears.

      • steve

        BBQ’ing in the back of your trailer and Having relations with your sister and bear hunting go hand in hand…

  • Bruce Wayne Allen

    Goodluck, John,Steve,Bill on first New Jersey Bear hunt in years, and watch those PETA animals also.

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